Who's Cut the Cord or Never Even Bothered with Cable TV?

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Uncle Joe, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

    Age:
    56
    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    Our local provider got bought out and our bill doubled. :eek::eek:

    We dropped them and just have wifi now .
     
  2. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-holic

    Age:
    59
    Dec 18, 2015
    Jersey
    When we first moved from Brooklyn to Jersey my dad, a city boy, bought an axe, a sledgehammer and two wedges. For years I split wood the incorrect way, opting to strike the middle of the log with the axe and then drive wedges with the sledge hammer. Only as an adult, when I bought our second house, did my buddy tell me to get a maul and split from the outside-in in a hexagon shape. So much better.
     
  3. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-holic

    Age:
    59
    Dec 18, 2015
    Jersey
    This Fubo thing could be bad luck for my Rangers. They got shelled by Calgary last night. Other than that, the stream was fine.
     
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  4. madmtnmotors

    madmtnmotors Squier-Meister

    Age:
    58
    121
    Feb 14, 2020
    Sunny Central Florida
    Cut the cord over 25 years ago. I do live close to a major metropolitan area and pull down about 75 (only about 40 useable) OTA channels with an antenna. Had Netflix for a while but more and more of my "binge worthy" programs and movies were moving from free to "fee" so they got "cut". Have a Roku on every TV and there are some free streaming options, and I've got Amazon Prime only because of the free shipping. I have noticed Amazon has started to inflate prices to recoup shipping costs so they are on thin ice too, especially when I can often get items cheaper (plus shipping) from other sources.

    No cable bill? Priceless... :cool:
     
  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-holic

    Age:
    59
    Dec 18, 2015
    Jersey
    Yes, I have the Amazon Prime too and they do have some good stuff going on. I'm taking advantage of the streaming now and even downloading photos on the Amazon Photos app. For $9.92/month it's worth it just for the shipping alone. I don't like leaving the house.
     
  6. spanker63

    spanker63 Squier-holic

    Nov 16, 2010
    Upstate NY
    We cut the cable cord about 6 years ago. We stream everything now. Honestly, if it wasn't for my Steelers, i wouldn't watch any tv whatsoever.
     
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  7. Kinnon09

    Kinnon09 Squier-holic

    Mar 8, 2021
    Scotland
    I don't watch TV. In the uk its all old repeats. And Netflix sky TV are very exspensive. ;)
     
  8. Year Zero

    Year Zero Squier-Nut

    Age:
    59
    519
    Oct 27, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    We have to have cable to to have wifi. $120 a month for internet. Total horse crap. We haven't watch tv in almost 10 years.
     
  9. Dumpster Chicken

    Dumpster Chicken Squier-Meister

    163
    Apr 1, 2018
    Arizona
    Haven't had any kind of TV, since 1998.
     
  10. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert

    Age:
    75
    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    Quite a few here simply aren't into "TV."

    I find that encouraging. ;)

    -don
     
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  11. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Western Oregon
    I’ve never had cable since moving out of the house. Can’t say I’ve ever wished I did have it. Sometimes I wish I had an antenna so I could get the local stations, but it’s not something I want enough to actually get one.
     
  12. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier Talk Member ‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎

    I cut it many years ago, but I'm too far out to use those indoor antennas. Here is my solution:

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  13. Before we moved, we didn't have cable for about the last 20 years. Before that, we had it and it was ridiculous how much we were spending - it was around $100 even 20 years ago if I remember correctly. Where we lived, we could get over the air - four PBS stations, all three of the major stations, and about 15 other random weird stations that actually had some good content. My only gripe would be that I did miss some sporting events that would've been fun to watch but if there was something we just absolutely had to see, it was a good excuse to go to a sports bar. I hear what friends and family are paying today for their cable and just shake my head and think, that's about a Squier a month.
     
  14. Tconroy

    Tconroy Squier-holic

    Age:
    62
    Sep 11, 2015
    kansas city mo
    i too cut cable about 2 years ago and only watch Hulu , netflix and I am in Kansas city and get 65 over the air channels. Dont spend a lot of time on the tv or the net. I work my but off at work or at home and spend most of my time outside and golfing. Supposed to be almost 70 tomorrow. Yeah going golfing.
     
  15. beagle

    beagle Squier-holic

    Nov 19, 2017
    Yorkshire
    We had cable briefly in 1995. We last had a TV in 2005.
     
  16. CtStrat

    CtStrat New Member

    Age:
    63
    2
    Nov 16, 2021
    CT USA
    Cut our cable about 5 years ago. Great decision. Just pay for internet. Recently dumped Netflix and Hulu. We stream Amazon and YouTube mostly for movies. With Apple TV, we can mirror directly to the TV.
     
  17. lboorse2

    lboorse2 Squier-holic

    Dec 29, 2010
    Philly 'Burbs
    I'm going through that same decision process here. I can save about $65 a month if I cut cable TV and landline (which I haven't used in like 10 years), and go with Hulu+Live TV. Already have Netflix, Disney+ and a few others.
     
  18. LzeroKI

    LzeroKI Squier-Meister

    295
    Jan 13, 2014
    North Carolina
    We ditched cable in 2015 when Sling TV (streaming live tv) launched in our area. Out "tv" line item in our budget went from about $95/mo down to $25/mo. From there we weaned ourselves off of live TV by realizing we just don't watch it much. Now the only paid services we have are the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ package and the Discovery+ package. We get both for less than $20/mo through our cell phone carrier. And honestly, if things got tight we'd cut those.
     
  19. Lanaka

    Lanaka Squier-holic

    Age:
    51
    Feb 11, 2020
    Honolulu, HI
    TBH, never got cable TV, read the fine print and thought it's WAY too expensive. Also never bought into netflix and similar stuff. Same reason, not worth the price, I'd be far ahead if I buy the dvds, then can watch my movies unlimited number of times at no additional fee.

    PS: I rarely buy more than 1 or 2 movies every 3-4 years. Basically 0.25-0.5 movie per year. :pS

    Also never bought anything more than "unlimited" cell data, and skipped the added cost items like online movies (Netflix etc., again). Altho, I AM now considering cutting that down some and instead get a landline internet like DSL, but NOT Cable Internet...they wanna force me to buy into cable tv (with all it's added-cost line-items, wanna watch that show, pay one fee to watch it once, wanna see that again, pay up...again, that "cheap" cable tv adds up fast when ye consider that "freebies" are mostly old reruns and b-grade stuff, what I'd call empty fillers, just like bad carbs in junk foods).

    Cable Internet only is ridiculously overpriced in a transparent ploy to get ye to buy cable tv and get cable internet for cheaper, nevermind that once ye start watching anything worthwhile it's gonna cost extra.

    The so called discounted cable internet often is only good for one year AND the contract is multi-year, meaning yer gonna pay thru nose after first year, and they have an early cancellation penalty fee.

    Bah, hard pass. I'd rather spend my money on my guitars than something intangible. For watching stuff, I'll stick to YouTube and Twitter. They're good enuff to get my science & tech, guitar and video gaming news. And they're free. ;)
     
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  20. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Dr. Squier

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    I will tell my backgroung at the end.*

    45 miles from the nearest antenna farm, using an antique TV antenna 15 feet off the ground (37 millimeters) and Channel Master booster, we get 75 OTA channels. About 10 of these are duplicate channels. Early mornings I often get about 20 other channels 90 degress and miles from our antenna direction.

    More TV than I can watch at once. Rarely is there "nothing on" I care to watch. What I cannot stand is the ambulance chasing attorneys and demographically targeted commercials, i.e. targeting senior citizens with Medicrap commercials from Joe Namath, Joe Theissman, Joe Montana, and another old Joe, Jimmy JJ Walker.

    Namath and Walker are both honor graduates of the "Talk With Hands Even To Non-Deaf People" skool of commecialism. The dean of tha skrool also gets in the action. She quantifies her expert advice by saying "I watch a lot of TV, so I know ..." No ma'am, no you don't.

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    *In 1983 I got a job with a small factory which made, almost from scratch, satellite TV receivers for both commercial (cable) and home applications. We purchased the individual electronic components (resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, and rudimentary IC chips as examples). We manufactured all our own printed circuit boards a handful at a time. I drilled kajillions of 0.035" & 0.0040" holes among many other things I did while working there.

    I installed dozens, not sure how many, of home satellite recievers & dishes when they were C-band. Most dishes were at least 8 feet (237 km) in diameter. Pointing at the Clarke Belt, Satcom3 was a low power bird which distributed many of the original cable TV stations such as WTBS, WGN, The Nashville Network, MTV, and CNN. That bird was in the low, southwest direction from mid North America. Ironically, The Playboy Channel was on a newer bird, one of the Galaxy satellites, which pointed high and nearly south. Our joke said the dish was erect when pointing at the Playboy channel. Nyuch nyuck nyuck.

    We had Disko Notwork installed upon our retirement move (November 2012). Putting my semi-calibrated eyes on an azimuth the installer installed the dish at I said "It will not work a year or two from now". Trees grow these things called leaves. The installer had a signal, that is all that was important at the time.
    Every time it rained, sometimes even just cloud cover, it petered out. No good. Folks do not like hearing me say "I told ya so."
     

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